Thorough, accessible, and sound, like Cooper's own health-and, fitness books (Preventing Osteoporosis, 1989, etc.), this extensive guide incorporates the now-familiar messages on risk factors, cholesterol, and exercise into a handbook for patients with heart disease--which Cooper calls ""by and large a self-inflicted malady."" With straightforward explanations, questions and answers, and references to studies and cases, Gordon and Gibbons (heads of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Cooper Clinic and Aerobics Center) go over what a heart attack is, how it feels, what to expect at the hospital, and what is involved in bypass surgery and other medical procedures. The emphasis, though, is on the rehabilitation program--diet, weight loss, medication, exercise, and stress control, all quantified here in an elaborate ""heart point system"" that involves a lot of self-testing, record-keeping, and arithmetic. Some might find all this score-keeping a nuisance; but anyone can benefit from the program, and even patients generally familiar with the messages will find more accurate explanations and some myth-busting corrections here.